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Classic Warrior Tank Gear and Best in Slot

Last updated on May 19, 2020 at 13:01 by Seksixeny 28 comments

On this page, you will find the best PvE gear and best in slot items for your Warrior Tank in WoW Classic.


Gearing Strategy for Tank Warriors

While a clear best in slot list is always available in WoW Classic, the items contained might be extremely hard or expensive to get. Depending on your race, you might want different items as well, as swords or maces are more powerful for Humans, due to Sword Specialization Icon Sword Specialization and Mace Specialization Icon Mace Specialization, and axes are more powerful for Orcs, due to Axe Specialization Icon Axe Specialization.

Thus, we will try to give at least one alternative, for most slots in the list, so that you can pick where and how to farm them.


WoW Classic Phases

As stated by Blizzard, WoW Classic will have six phases, starting with Molten Core, Onyxia's Lair, and Maraudon, and ending with Naxxramas and the Scourge Invasion.

We will be linking best in slot gear lists for every raid tier in this guide, which can be helpful in order to understand how to progress from hitting Level 60, to getting pre-raid best in slot and from then to clearing all raid tiers.


Tank Warrior Raid Best in Slot (BiS) List for Blackwing Lair

This is the gear we recommend you to chase in the current content patch, including Blackwing Lair items, as a Tank Warrior. Before we get into the list itself, it is good to present two of the most important concepts for gearing: weapon skill and the Hit cap.

As explained in our Warrior Tank Weapon Skill guide, the difference between only having the baseline 300 weapon skill at level 60 or 305 weapon skill or above is absolutely gigantic for threat generation against bosses, and easily capable of making a pre-BiS blue weapon superior to the best raid epics. Thus, your first gearing priority against raid bosses should be hitting at least 305 skill with your current weapon.

This can be achieved by using race-appropriate weapons on a Orc or Human character, or with any race by using special gear such as Edgemaster's Handguards Icon Edgemaster's Handguards. Once you get 305+ weapon skill, remember to not go over 6% extra Hit chance, as the extra Hit will be wasted. This cap is 9% Hit when at 300 weapon skill, which means you will require a lot more Hit to cap out.

The Tier 2 Warrior set is designed with tanking in mind, and its bonuses are very useful:

  • The 3 set bonus increases the attack power of Battle Shout Icon Battle Shout, granting you a small personal damage (threat) gain, that extends to your group.
  • The 5 set bonus causes your offensive abilities to have a 20% chance to decrease the cost of your next offensive ability by 5 Rage. More Rage equals more damage over time.
  • Finally, the 8 set bonus increases your parry by 4% for the next hit after a block, which is a nice survivability boost.

Because of its perks, and general strong stats across the board, using full tier 2 is a viable option for mitigation oriented characters. Threat oriented Tanks will still want to use off-pieces such as Lionheart Helm Icon Lionheart Helm and Savage Gladiator Chain Icon Savage Gladiator Chain to maximize their threat output.

While the main focus is on Blackwing Lair gear, the list below also contains some gear from older raids, PvP sets and world bosses, when warranted, in order to create a good list for players who regularly clear the raids up to Tier 2.

Also, we are only listing the Horde versions of quest and PvP gear. Equivalent versions can be found on the Alliance side, with the same requirements, cost and stats.

We will be mixing in threat / offensive oriented gear (Strength, Agility, Hit) alongside defensive gear (Stamina, Dodge, Armor). Offensive gear is generally recommended to allow for greater raid DPS, but it can also be useful to keep some defensive gear on you for tougher bosses.

You can find even more offensive gear options in the Warrior DPS Best in Slot guide.

Slot Item Source
  • Lionheart Helm Icon Lionheart Helm
  • Helm of Endless Rage Icon Helm of Endless Rage
  • Warlord's Plate Headpiece Icon Warlord's Plate Headpiece
  • Helm of Wrath Icon Helm of Wrath
  • Helm of Might Icon Helm of Might
  • Onyxia Tooth Pendant Icon Onyxia Tooth Pendant
  • Master Dragonslayer's Medallion Icon Master Dragonslayer's Medallion
  • The Eye of Hakkar Icon The Eye of Hakkar
  • Amulet of the Darkmoon Icon Amulet of the Darkmoon
  • Medallion of Steadfast Might Icon Medallion of Steadfast Might
  • Warlord's Plate Shoulders Icon Warlord's Plate Shoulders
  • Drake Talon Pauldrons Icon Drake Talon Pauldrons
  • Pauldrons of Wrath Icon Pauldrons of Wrath
  • Defiler's Plate Spaulders Icon Defiler's Plate Spaulders
  • Champion's Plate Shoulders Icon Champion's Plate Shoulders
  • Abyssal Plate Epaulets Icon Abyssal Plate Epaulets of Striking
  • Pauldrons of Might Icon Pauldrons of Might
  • Puissant Cape Icon Puissant Cape
  • Elementium Threaded Cloak Icon Elementium Threaded Cloak
  • Cloak of Firemaw Icon Cloak of Firemaw
  • Cloak of Draconic Might Icon Cloak of Draconic Might
  • Windshear Cape Icon Windshear Cape
  • Cloak of the Shrouded Mists Icon Cloak of the Shrouded Mists
  • Dragon's Blood Cape Icon Dragon's Blood Cape
  • Shifting Cloak Icon Shifting Cloak
  • Zulian Tigerhide Cloak Icon Zulian Tigerhide Cloak
  • Deathguard's Cloak Icon Deathguard's Cloak
  • Warlord's Plate Armor Icon Warlord's Plate Armor
  • Savage Gladiator Chain Icon Savage Gladiator Chain
  • Breastplate of Wrath Icon Breastplate of Wrath
  • Legionnaire's Plate Hauberk Icon Legionnaire's Plate Hauberk
  • Zandalar Vindicator's Breastplate Icon Zandalar Vindicator's Breastplate
  • Runed Bloodstained Hauberk Icon Runed Bloodstained Hauberk
  • Breastplate of Might Icon Breastplate of Might
  • Berserker Bracers Icon Berserker Bracers
  • Bracelets of Wrath Icon Bracelets of Wrath
  • Zandalar Vindicator's Armguards Icon Zandalar Vindicator's Armguards
  • Bracers of Might Icon Bracers of Might
  • Abyssal Plate Vambraces Icon Abyssal Plate Vambraces of Striking
  • Wristguards of True Flight Icon Wristguards of True Flight
  • Edgemaster's Handguards Icon Edgemaster's Handguards (to get 305)
  • Aged Core Leather Gloves Icon Aged Core Leather Gloves (to get 305)
  • General's Plate Gauntlets Icon General's Plate Gauntlets
  • Gauntlets of Wrath Icon Gauntlets of Wrath
  • Gauntlets of Might Icon Gauntlets of Might
  • Flameguard Gauntlets Icon Flameguard Gauntlets
  • Sacrificial Gauntlets Icon Sacrificial Gauntlets
  • Onslaught Girdle Icon Onslaught Girdle
  • Waistband of Wrath Icon Waistband of Wrath
  • Belt of Might Icon Belt of Might
  • Girdle of the Fallen Crusader Icon Girdle of the Fallen Crusader
  • Zandalar Vindicator's Belt Icon Zandalar Vindicator's Belt
  • Therazane's Link Icon Therazane's Link
  • General's Plate Leggings Icon General's Plate Leggings
  • Bloodsoaked Legplates Icon Bloodsoaked Legplates
  • Legplates of Wrath Icon Legplates of Wrath
  • Abyssal Plate Legplates Icon Abyssal Plate Legplates of Striking
  • Legguards of the Fallen Crusader Icon Legguards of the Fallen Crusader
  • Legionnaire's Plate Leggings Icon Legionnaire's Plate Leggings
  • Legplates of Might Icon Legplates of Might
  • Cloudkeeper Legplates Icon Cloudkeeper Legplates (CD share with Diamond Flask)
  • Chromatic Boots Icon Chromatic Boots
  • General's Plate Boots Icon General's Plate Boots
  • Sabatons of Wrath Icon Sabatons of Wrath
  • Sabatons of Might Icon Sabatons of Might
  • Band of Accuria Icon Band of Accuria
  • Archimtiros' Ring of Reckoning Icon Archimtiros' Ring of Reckoning
  • Circle of Applied Force Icon Circle of Applied Force
  • Heavy Dark Iron Ring Icon Heavy Dark Iron Ring
  • Master Dragonslayer's Ring Icon Master Dragonslayer's Ring
  • Myrmidon's Signet Icon Myrmidon's Signet
  • Quick Strike Ring Icon Quick Strike Ring
  • Don Julio's Band Icon Don Julio's Band
  • Seal of the Gurubashi Berserker Icon Seal of the Gurubashi Berserker
  • Diamond Flask Icon Diamond Flask
  • Drake Fang Talisman Icon Drake Fang Talisman
  • Lifegiving Gem Icon Lifegiving Gem
  • Styleen's Impeding Scarab Icon Styleen's Impeding Scarab
  • Mark of the Chosen Icon Mark of the Chosen
  • Hand of Justice Icon Hand of Justice
  • Blackhand's Breadth Icon Blackhand's Breadth
  • Ramstein's Lightning Bolts Icon Ramstein's Lightning Bolts (AoE)
  • Thunderfury, Blessed Blade of the Windseeker Icon Thunderfury, Blessed Blade of the Windseeker
  • Crul'shorukh, Edge of Chaos Icon Crul'shorukh, Edge of Chaos
  • Chromatically Tempered Sword Icon Chromatically Tempered Sword
  • Quel'Serrar Icon Quel'Serrar
  • Empyrean Demolisher Icon Empyrean Demolisher
  • Maladath, Runed Blade of the Black Flight Icon Maladath, Runed Blade of the Black Flight
  • High Warlord's Cleaver Icon High Warlord's Cleaver
  • Deathbringer Icon Deathbringer
  • Vis'kag the Bloodletter Icon Vis'kag the Bloodletter
  • Perdition's Blade Icon Perdition's Blade
  • Doom's Edge Icon Doom's Edge
  • Core Hound Tooth Icon Core Hound Tooth
  • Brutality Blade Icon Brutality Blade
  • Warblade of the Hakkari Icon Warblade of the Hakkari (for set)
  • Warblade of the Hakkari Icon Warblade of the Hakkari (for set)
  • Ancient Hakkari Manslayer Icon Ancient Hakkari Manslayer
  • Distracting Dagger Icon Distracting Dagger
  • Elementium Reinforced Bulwark Icon Elementium Reinforced Bulwark
  • High Warlord's Shield Wall Icon High Warlord's Shield Wall
  • Earthen Guard Icon Earthen Guard
  • Malistar's Defender Icon Malistar's Defender (huge armor)
  • Aegis of the Blood God Icon Aegis of the Blood God
  • Drillborer Disk Icon Drillborer Disk
  • The Immovable Object Icon The Immovable Object
  • Force Reactive Disk Icon Force Reactive Disk (AoE)
  • Skullflame Shield Icon Skullflame Shield (AoE)
  • Dragonbreath Hand Cannon Icon Dragonbreath Hand Cannon
  • Striker's Mark Icon Striker's Mark
  • Blastershot Launcher Icon Blastershot Launcher
  • Mandokir's Sting Icon Mandokir's Sting
  • Gurubashi Dwarf Destroyer Icon Gurubashi Dwarf Destroyer

Best in Slot for Tank Warriors Pre-Blackwing Lair


Tank Warrior Pre-Raid Best in Slot (BiS) List

In order to get ready for raiding, it is recommended that you follow this guide in order to learn which gear to gather for maximizing your threat output and survivability before raid gear is accounted for. Even so, expect to get a few pieces that you will have a hard time replacing, such as Diamond Flask Icon Diamond Flask and Hand of Justice Icon Hand of Justice.


Tank Warrior Raid Best in Slot (BiS) List for Molten Core / Onyxia's Lair

Molten Core and Onyxia's Lair are the first raids in WoW Classic, and will probably award you with your first pieces of epic gear! While most of the gear found here is easily replaceable later, there are a few pieces, such as Onslaught Girdle Icon Onslaught Girdle and Band of Accuria Icon Band of Accuria, which will last you for a very long time!


Warrior PvP Best in Slot Gear

If you would prefer to gear for PvP, you can find our Warrior PvP BiS guide below.


Warrior Weapons

Since weapons are such a broad topic, we have written a full guide about Warrior weapons.


Fire Resistance Gear for Tank Warriors

A big concern of Tank Warrior preparing to clear Molten Core is getting a full Fire Resistance set for Ragnaros. Read this guide to figure out which are the best pieces to wear!


Special gear for Tank Warriors

Some items, which are not powerful enough to be in the best in slot list, have special properties that make them very valuable to acquire for specific encounters or as a weapon swap mid-fight. We will list the most notable special items for the current phase, and their effects and application below:

  • Annihilator Icon Annihilator (or the less expensive, less powerful Rivenspike Icon Rivenspike and Bashguuder Icon Bashguuder) allows you to reduce an enemy's armor by up to 600 for your whole group, making it a very powerful weapon swap. Use it at the start of an encounter to quickly full debuff the boss, and then swap to your normal weapon to take advantage of the lowered armor.
  • Gnomish Battle Chicken Icon Gnomish Battle Chicken summons a chicken that attacks your enemies for 1.5 minutes, with a cooldown of 30 minutes. The chicken scales with your Engineering skill (Level 60 at 300 skill), and buffs your group with 5% increased Attack Speed through Battle Squawk. This is what makes it well worth using while grouped.
  • Arcanite Dragonling Icon Arcanite Dragonling summons a dragon that attacks your enemies for up to 1 minute, with a cooldown of one hour. The dragon scales with your Engineering skill (Level 60 at 300 skill) and causes a stacking debuff that increases Fire damage taken, which makes it worth using in later raids to boost Fire Mage damage.
  • Skull of Impending Doom Icon Skull of Impending Doom is given as a quest reward from completing Forbidden Knowledge in the Badlands. While generally undesirable, if you need to run somewhere fast, it can be a useful item to have.
  • Furbolg Medicine Pouch Icon Furbolg Medicine Pouch is sold by Gorn One Eye when you reach Honored status with Timbermaw Hold. This is a great item that you can swap during combat to provide you with a significant 1000 heal over 10 seconds. For comparison's sake, Heavy Runecloth Bandage Icon Heavy Runecloth Bandage heals you for 2000 over 8 seconds, but requires you to channel it, and you cannot take any sort of damage in the channel duration.
  • Tidal Charm Icon Tidal Charm allows you to instantly stun an enemy for 3 seconds. It has a 50% drop chance from Prince Nazjak, who spawns around 25,84 in Arathi Highlands. Due to his very high respawn timer it might be hard to get this trinket, but the stun it provides is a life saver and duel winner.
  • Linken's Boomerang Icon Linken's Boomerang allows you to potentially disarm or stun an enemy when used, which makes it useful in certain scenarios, especially in PvP. Its rewarded from the Un'Goro Crater quest It's Dangerous to Go Alone.
  • Luffa Icon Luffa removes a bleed effect, such as Garrote Icon Garrote, from yourself when used. This is great when tanking bosses with dangerous bleed debuffs such as High Priest Thekal's bleed, Speed Slash IconSpeed Slash. You get this item from the Searing Gorge quest Incendosaurs? Whateverosaur is More Like It.
  • The Alliance-only Crystal of Zin-Malor Icon Crystal of Zin-Malor allows you to kill yourself easily, and you do not get durability loss if you die from its effect. This can occasionally be useful, such as when you regret getting on a fly path after you are already flying or if you need to talk with the Blackrock Depths key ghost NPC. You get it from starting the quest Tormented By the Past.


  • 19 May 2020: Added Silithus twilight boss summoning gear.
  • 16 Apr. 2020: Swapped item priority of Girdle of the Fallen Crusader and Therazane's Link.
  • 14 Apr. 2020: Updated with Zul'Gurub gear.
  • 11 Mar. 2020: Updated with Arathi Basin gear.
  • 21 Feb. 2020: Added a disclaimer on offensive gear VS defensive gear and a link to the Warrior DPS BiS page.
  • 12 Feb. 2020: Updated BiS list for Phase 3 of WoW Classic and split the guide into multiple pages.
  • 31 Jan. 2020: Reworked pre-raid BiS shoulders.
  • 28 Jan. 2020: Typo fixes and added Eskhandar's Collar.
  • 25 Jan. 2020: Added PvP reputation gear and more ranked PvP gear.
  • 23 Nov. 2019: Updated BiS list for Phase 2 of WoW Classic.
  • 26 Oct. 2019: Added Bulky Iron Spaulders to the pre-raid bis list.
  • 13 Oct. 2019: Added Phase One Molten Core / Onyxia gear bis list.
  • 11 Oct. 2019: Added Dire Maul gear and reworked the pre-raid best in slot list.
  • 16 Aug. 2019: Added new special gear to the list and changed the position of this list to the bottom of the guide.
  • 21 Jul. 2019: Removed some weak gear recommendations to make the best in slot list more accurate and easy to read.
  • 16 Jul. 2019: Updated some gear recommendations.
  • 12 Jun. 2019: Page added.
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